American Head Charge
American Head Charge burst onto the scene
last summer and have been turning heads ever since. We thought it would
be cool to take a little look back and see what all the excite is about.
With that in mind we wanted to give you a second chance to check out over
past AHC coverage. So if you missed these articles the first time around,
here are the CD and live reviews we previously posted on antiMUSIC.
Head Charge – The War of Art
A Violent Reaction
Pushing The Envelope
Song For The Suspect
Never Get Caught
Just So You Know
Americ*** Evolving Into Useless Psychic
Breathe In, Bleed Out
Reach And Touch
All Wrapped Up
Nothing Gets Nothing
As if Slayer’s new CD wasn’t enough pure
metal for the summer of 2001 Rick Rubin’s American Recordings have unleashed
a new metal monster with American Head Charge. Their debut “The War of
Art” packs a punch that only a seven-piece band can deliver. That intensity
was discovered this summer as the band amazed Ozzfest crowds and annoyed
tour organizers with their full-throttle show that included burning flags
and the band shooting off a shotgun during their performances. The mayhem
only continued after the Ozzfest was over and the band began hitting the
clubs, where one unlucky fan was the target of a thrown bottle from stage.
Even before the release of their album, American Head Charge was writing
their name in the rock history books with their insane live performances.
We know they can deliver the goods live
but can they capture the same intensity in the studio? After one listen
to “The War of Art” I give you a resounding HELL YES! Forget what the fans
and critics have come to call nu-metal, American Head Charge only uses
a little of the watered down modern sounds and instead they go straight
to the thrash and speed metal archives to achieve the bulk of their ear-splitting
From start to finish “The War of Art” is
an uncompromising heavy album filled with righteous screams, in your face
bass and drums and searing guitars. The song titles speak for themselves;
“A Violent Reaction”, “Pushing The Envelope”, “Americ*** Evolving Into
Useless Psychic Garbage” and “Breathe In, Bleed Out”. There is no mistaking
this band with their less intense nu-metal contemporaries.
Viddy well my little brothers and
sisters this CD is not for the weak at heart or the mall-core crowd but
if you want to do some serious head banging and inflict irreversible damage
to your eardrums this is the CD to own in 2002!
by Tom Spanks
the Live review of Slayer and AHC)
I’d hate to be the person that has the
impossible job of putting together Slayer’s tours. Who in the hell can
you get to open up for Slayer that won’t bore the s*** out of the audiences?
Who ever decided on American Head Charge for this tour needs to be commended.
I can’t think of another relatively new metal band that meet the challenge
of opening up for legends like Slayer. The first time I saw AHC was at
Ozzfest. I’d never heard of them before that and I was expecting yet another
nu-metal, rap-core formula band but was blown away once they launched into
their first song. Then when the shot gun came out I knew these guys were
nuts. I loved every minute of it. Here is power-metal from a new band,
it can’t be? I thought all new metal bands were knock offs of Slipknot
or Korn, not these dudes they have more in common with Slayer and Pantera
than the likes of Drowning Pool or Adema.
Their live show is insane, they take total
command of the stage and you never know what to expect; be it burning flags,
shooting shotguns into the air above crowd or one of the members playing
the entire show in the nude. They didn’t go that far this night but they
were on fire the entire 45 minutes of their set. After you see AHC live
you understand why some people call them the angriest band in the world!
They ripped through most of the songs on their CD “War or Art” like a wrecking
ball, assaulting the audience with their pumped up, ferocious brand of
Martin Cook’s violent vocal screams entranced
the Slayer faithful as he belted out new classics like “Seamless” and “Never
Get Caught”. Wayne Kile and David Rogers provided one of the most potent
duel guitar assaults I’ve heard in ages. Their furious chops gave the audience
pause as drummer Christopher Emery brutally attacked his drum kit pounding
out the song’s driving rhythms as Chad Hanks couldn’t keep still, hammering
away at his bass as he bounded across the stage like a wild animal on the
prowl. By the time they closed their set with “Violent Reaction,” the hardcore
Slayer fans were entrenched and ready for more. I didn’t think any band
could hold their own opening for Slayer but you know what, American Head
Charge did just that, whipping the audience up into a frenzy for the bloodbath
that would follow. Screw the imitators, American Head Charge is 100 % pure
metal and should reach headlining status soon. If you get the chance to
see these guys live, don’t hesitate a moment, you’ll be blown away. Until
then you can blow your speakers out with their balls to the wall debut
“War of Art”.
American Head Charge's Official Website to get the lowdown on the band,
find out when you can see them and to check out their insane debute CD
"War of Art"
to sound samples and Purchase "War of Art" online